· Eat until you are content by choosing foods that will satisfy your tastebuds and your appetite. Speak with a dietitian for guidance, or check our recipe section for inspiration!
· Be mindful so you’re only eating when you are hungry and are stopping when satisfied. Be conscious of emotional eating that sees you consuming food out of boredom, stress or as a reward.
· Manage stress as it can worsen insulin resistance, lead to weight gain and cause havoc with your blood glucose levels. When you are stressed and rundown, it is also pretty hard to get motivated to make the lifestyle changes that will improve your health.
· Eat what you feel like, within reason. Healthy foods should still make up the bulk of your diet but if you enjoy a few ‘treats’, then this is the time to build them in.
· Set good habits such as always eating at the table (and not on the run, or in front of the TV). Eating slowly can also make a real difference as to how much you eat and how satisfied you are after a meal.
· Keep it interesting by mixing things up – variety and enjoyment are essential for long-term success.
· Stay on your feet and be as active as possible during the day.
· Get enough sleep as poor sleep habits can contribute to weight gain and make it harder to lose the kilos. Lack of sleep worsens insulin sensitivity, leads to hormonal changes and can also affect levels of satiety hormones which, in turn, influences hunger and appetite. Being tired also makes it harder to get enthusiastic about exercising and eating well.